Perched on the top of a little hill, the lovely village Capalbio is often referred to as the “Little Athens” for the pivotal importance – on an artistic and historic level – it played during the Renaissance period.
Just 45 kilometers southeast of the city of Grosseto and approximately 150 kilometers from Florence, Capalbio is situated in the most southern portion of continental Tuscany, not far away from the Lazio region.
This charming village was, however, already important in the Medieval period and its perfectly preserved architectural heart still shows the remains of that time. Its perfect location – a few kilometers from the Tyrrhenian Sea and from Monte Argentario – explains the bubbling atmosphere of Capalbio beaches, a famous summer resort. Nevertheless, the village remains a haven of beauty and peace, enclosed as it is by ancient walls and offering to all visitors breathtaking views on the sea.
A RICH HISTORY
The elegant Aldobrandeschi Fortress still superbly stands reminding the importance of the aristocratic family from which the fort was named. Capalbio passed under the rule of numerous noble clans and personalities – the Orsini Family, Cosimo de Medici etc. – and from each one of them the village absorbed the very best.
Originally named, in Latin, “Caput Album” or “Campus Albus” – which mean “White Cape” or “White Field” – Capalbio has been built on a beautiful white alabaster stone area and features an intricate labyrinth of narrow streets and valuable churches (ex.: Church of San Nicola) known for its precious Renaissance frescoes.
AN AREA FULL OF SURPRISES
Capalbio is also known worldwide for its six kilometers of sandy beaches, to be discovered with a Maserati GranCabrio, and for the fashionable seaside resort – the Frigidaire – but the village would probably not be so famous without the incredible variety of natural and gastronomic treasures it offers.
Delicious local wines, southern Maremma delicacies, tasty local produce, wild boar meat and fish recipes enlighten the visitors’ stay.
Moreover, the nearby Nature Reserve of the Lake of Burano, run by the WWF, offers countless possibilities of guided tours, encounters with the local fauna (ex.: 274 bird species) and flora, and long walks in the woods.